Taken from the book: Ryde Isle of Wight Its Sports and Attractions:
Laid out in 1880 at a cost of over £30,000, affording an extensive Esplanade and carriage drive of nearly a mile. The Gardens are provided with Shelters, Band Stand, Flower Beds and Fountains. The whole forming a delightful promenade, from which extensive views of the neighbouring coast, and craft of all description can be seen and admired without fatigue. The Canoe Lake is to the east of the Gardens and is of a uniform depth of 2ft., is used for rowing and sailing, and for Model Yacht racing.